Damascus girls steamroll league newcomer
1A GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Damascus Christian girls basketball team continued its dominance of the Valley 10 Tuesday night by throttling the league's newest member Trinity Academy out of Portland 50-24.
The Eagles wasted no time breaking out to a 9-2 lead when Emily Powers picked off a Trinity inbounds pass and went straight up to the basket for a quick two points. Moments later, Noelle Wakefield fed the ball inside to Katie Bailey for another close-range bucket, then on the next trip down the floor Wakefield sank a 3-pointer from in front of the Thunder's bench for a 14-2 lead.
It got worse for Trinity, which inbounded the ball from halfcourt to start the second quarter. But before a Thunder player could touch the ball, Powers swooped in again and took it the other way for a breakaway layup.
Moments later, Damascus Christian's Sara Titchenal stole the ball along the sideline and flung it ahead to Powers, who passed up a shot in the corner and instead found Wakefield at the top of the arc. She had time to step into an unchallenged 3 that ripped the net to put Damascus in charge 25-4.
The Eagles defense was smothering with Powers coming up with yet another steal and flinging the ball toward the far basket where teammate Ally Love ran onto it off a bounce and converted the layup. Wakefield would notch her fourth long ball of the first half to send Damascus into the locker room with a 37-4 lead.
Trinity did not score in the second quarter.
Wakefield led the Eagles with 12 points, despite not seeing the floor in the second half due to the result already being well in hand. Titchenal added 10 points.
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